Cody Demers | Merrimack College | Slot Receiver / PR
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Merrimack?
A: The recruiting process that I experienced out of high school before committing to Merrimack College is one of the reasons I play with a chip on my shoulder and work so hard to this very day. I led my high school to a Division I State Championship, and I was named Offensive Player of the Year in Massachusetts. Despite my excellent high school career, I felt like I was harshly under-recruited because of my size and I took that very personally. I was recruited by three Division II schools in the Northeast-10 Conference: Merrimack College, Stonehill College, and Assumption College. I had preferred walk on spots from the University of New Hampshire, Sacred Heart University, and Central Connecticut State University. I ultimately chose Merrimack College because I had a great connection with the Head Coach Dan Curran, and the scholarship that he offered me would benefit my family the most. I also knew that Merrimack’s offense was highly dependent on the slot receiver. I felt like I would fit into their offensive scheme well, and I wanted the pressure of being the guy that the offense depended on most in crucial situations. That turned out to be true in many games and committing to Merrimack College was a great decision. I finished my career as the 3rdbest receiver in school history and was part of many great team wins. My senior season I was selected to the First Team All-Conference and I lead the league in both receptions and receiving yards per game. I was also selected to the All-Region Team and I was invited to play in the FCS National Bowl in Daytona Beach.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment so far is finishing my college career as the third best receiver in Merrimack College history, in addition to being named First Team All- Conference and being selected to the All-Region Team.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Merrimack?
A: The most important thing that I learned from my coaches at Merrimack is that football is a lot like life. If you’re someone who is going to take short cuts in the weight room, in the film room, and on the field, you are most likely going to take shortcuts in your personal life and at your job in the future. They taught us not only to be good, hard working football players but also good, hard working men off the field too.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football didn’t work out?
A: I recently received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. If football does not work out, I plan on acquiring my EIT License and getting a job as a Structural Engineer.
Q: What would your teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I believe my teammates would say that I am a great leader and motivator. I think they would say that I am someone who is extremely competitive in whatever I’m doing, whether it is at practice, lift, or during a game. I believe they would say I am someone who not only pushes himself to be a better football player and person but tries to push those around him to do the same.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was taking engineering classes and playing football. Balancing a rigorous academic and athletic schedule taught me how to manage my time and be extremely disciplined. I met with academic advisement and went to open tutoring hours weekly so I could stay on top of my work. On many occasions I had to sacrifice my social life so I could perform well in school. While doing all of this was a challenge, it allowed me to have a clear head once I stepped onto the football field.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: Versatility is definitely the biggest strength I could bring to a professional team. I consider myself a great slot receiver because I know how to find holes in the defense, create separation in man coverage, catch balls in traffic, make people miss, and make plays with the ball in my hand. In college, I played on all special teams and made many tackles on kickoff and punt returns. I also provided great field position in the return game on punt return and kick return. At the end of the day I’m not just a receiver; I can and will be whatever position is going to get me on the field. Ultimately, I’m always looking to help the team win.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life is my late grandfather. He always pushed me to be the best I could not only in football but in school as well. He always stressed to me that there should be a balance of effort in the amount of time I invest in my education and in athletics. He showed me how to be a man and how to be self-sufficient and self-motivated. He always had a saying, “It’s never a sign of weakness to receive help from others, but if you ever need a hand the first place you look is the end of your arm.” He has made me the man I am today.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: During my time at Merrimack College, I volunteered at a local soup kitchen called Bread and Roses in Lawrence, Massachusetts where I would help serve meals to the homeless. I also participated in literacy night at a few middle schools in Lawrence as well. Some of my teammates and I would read to kids and do activities with them after school during the offseason.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2019 National Scouting Combine and what were your expectations?
A: I have been training extremely hard since the day that my season ended. I have been training 5 days a week, 3 to 4 hours per day at Exceed Training in Westborough, Massachusetts. In addition to my training there, I go to Hot Yoga at least once a week to maintain my flexibility. I have been working as hard as I ever have and I expect to be one of the top receivers in this combine. I am confident that my numbers will be better than most receivers in the NFL Combine particularly in the pro-agility, 3 cone, and bench.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would of course be to make an NFL roster. This has been my dream since I was a kid and I have been working tirelessly to make it happen.